Eva Schmidt, Kai Vöckler (Eds.)
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Sint-Lukas Gallery Brussel & Snoeck, 2018
What do we mean by landscape today? Still the romantic ideal of a diversified nature, agricultural and settlement area? However, modern landscapes are often “un-places”. They bear traces of economic intervention, changing demarcations, are marked by expulsion, war or by urban sprawl and mining. Often, only a kind of residual nature remains, in which a few ruins of historical events announce. Barren landscapes that speak of past violence have been degraded to (anaerobic) material.
In numerous contributions for the comprehensive book, 45 artists, artist groups and poets bring the topos landscape to life. They work on landscapes between fiction, symbolism and documentation, and they appeal to our ability to read and decipher these images – and, of course, they focus on our imagination and our ability to feel empathy.
Participating artists: Anca Benera und Arnold Estefán, Nico Bleutge, Bogdan Bordeianu, Lucian Bran, Helwig Brunner, Marianna Christofides, Luc Delahaye, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Lukas Einsele, Daniel Falb, Cyprien Gaillard, Dani Gherca, Anne Heinlein und Göran Gnaudschun, Nico Ilfoveanu, Markus Karstieß, Thomas Kellner, Jan Kempenaers, Anselm Kiefer, Aglaia Konrad, Susanne Kriemann, Armin Linke in collaboration with Aristide Antonas and Estelle Blaschke, Richard Mosse, Andreas Mühe, multiplicity, Cyprian Muresan, Paul Nash, Alexandra Navratil, Cristian Rusu, Larisa Sitar, Milica Tomic & Sans Souci Collective, Unknown Fields, Danny Veys, Paul Virilio, Kristof Vrancken.
The catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition “Landscape Reminding / Remembering Landscape” at the MGK Siegen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, the Center for Decontamination, Belgrade and the Sint-Lukas Gallery, Brussels.